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Rock-carved church opens in Giresun

Rock-carved church opens in Giresun

The Virgin Mary Church, estimated to date back to the 4th century in the Black Sea province of Giresun, has been opened to visitors after a restoration process

Comment(s)5/18/2016

Use ‘weapons of love’ to fight evil of terrorism, pope says on Easter

Use ‘weapons of love’ to fight evil of terrorism, pope says on Easter

Pope Francis urged the world in his Easter message on March 27 to use the “weapons of love” to combat the evil of “blind and brutal violence,” following the attacks in Brussels

Comment(s)3/27/2016

Turkey’s ruling party sends Roma group on Umrah pilgrimage

Turkey’s ruling party sends Roma group on Umrah pilgrimage

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sent a group of Roma citizens to Saudi Arabia in order to perform the Umrah pilgrimage, with a senior party executive saying they wanted to raise “awareness” about the presence of Roma people in the country through the initiative

Comment(s)5/12/2016

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Pope Francis has washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks

Comment(s)3/25/2016

Christians gather in Turkey’s Ephesus to mark Feast of Saint John

Christians gather in Turkey’s Ephesus to mark Feast of Saint John

Fener Rum Patriarch Bartholomew led a religious ceremony on May 8 at the ancient site of Ephesus in the Selçuk district of Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir, marking the death of St. John the Apostle

Comment(s)5/9/2016

Don't turn backs on refugees, pope says at Palm Sunday service

Don't turn backs on refugees, pope says at Palm Sunday service

Pope Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday services leading up to Easter, on Sunday criticised those who he said were washing their hands of the fate of desperate refugees

Comment(s)3/20/2016

Turkey’s verdict more eminent than ECHR’s verdict on Alevis’ rights, says top cleric

Turkey’s verdict more eminent than ECHR’s verdict on Alevis’ rights, says top cleric

According to Görmez, the Turkish nation’s verdict has precedence over a verdict by ECHR, which recently found Turkey guilty of violating Alevis’ right to religious freedom and discrimination by withholding public funds for Alevi worship houses

Comment(s)4/29/2016

Turkey restores Kosovo’s Emin Pasha Mosque

Turkey restores Kosovo’s Emin Pasha Mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated the restored Emin Pasha Mosque in Kosovo’s city of Prizren via video link on March 16

Comment(s)3/17/2016

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Pope Francis on April 8 opted for no change in the Catholic approach to homosexuality but signalled a more open stance on cohabiting and divorced believers under new Church guidelines on family life

Comment(s)4/8/2016

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

Pope Francis on March 15 approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute

Comment(s)3/15/2016

Pope Francis blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

Pope Francis blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

Pope Francis on April 6 blessed the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight

Comment(s)4/6/2016

Turkey’s top cleric calls for autonomous religious directorate

Turkey’s top cleric calls for autonomous religious directorate

Turkey’s top cleric has called for a restructuring of the Diyanet in order to make it an “autonomous” body, while he also stating that madrasas (Islamic seminaries) in Southeast Anatolia should have legal status to avoid exploitation by “terrorist” groups

Comment(s)3/8/2016

Easter celebrated across Turkey amid tight security measures

Easter celebrated across Turkey amid tight security measures

Turkey’s Catholic, Armenian and Protestant communities celebrated Easter Sunday in various cities across the country on March 27, amid tight security measures taken by the police against possible attacks against the religious minority groups

Comment(s)3/27/2016

Seeking a miracle on Pakistan’s Qur’an mountain

Seeking a miracle on Pakistan’s Qur’an mountain

A businessman is hoping to navigate the tricky business of recycling Qur’ans in Pakistan as any purported desecration of Islam’s holy text could lead to the most severe of penalties

Comment(s)3/5/2016

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